Deceased January 16, 2015
After singing “Fly Me to the Moon,” with a compassionate hand on his heart and a gentle kiss on his cheek, Stan asked, “Am I in heaven?”—and peacefully passed away on Jan. 16, 2015, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he and his late wife, Essie, made their home in 1982. He is survived by his seven children, 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, all of whom were devoted to him.
At Amherst, Stan was an avid football player and won the sportsmanship trophy. One of his favorite memories was when he was injured in an Amherst-Williams game at Williams, where he had several Williams alumni uncles-in-law in attendance at the game. Stan’s uncles cheered loudly as Stan was carried off the playing field, hoping to win the game with Stan absent. Stan was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity.
Stan remained a very loyal Amherst man, carrying on an annual wager with his brother-in-law Bob Sillcox (Williams ’53). They bet $1 every year on the outcome of the Amherst-Williams football game, and now I will carry on the tradition with my uncle. Stan had a passion for tennis and played well into his 90s. He was a big supporter of local Steamboat sports teams and was honored by the Steamboat Springs Booster Club with the “Fan of the Year” Award in 2013.
Stan loved singing, and he found an outlet in the choir at the United Methodist Church. He started the men’s Information Volunteer group (the IVs) at the Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he and Essie were very active in fundraising. Stan was president of the local Arts Council in the early years and was active in many community causes in the town, where he was dearly loved.
Stan (Chip) Whittemore Jr. ’71